The Voluntourist: How to live a life that Matters!

As we begin our journey in South East Asia, I have been reflecting on my goals for this year. I wanted to share Ken Budd’s book, The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem. Perhaps it will inspire you to take your own trip after reading about his … Continued

Planning a TOURific Summer

Where are your vacation plans taking you this summer? Disneyland? A national park? Europe? Having a stay-cation to enjoy your own local attractions? This summer I will get to meet people from around the world as they come to Los Angeles!  I am a tour guide, and I proudly showcase the history and glamour of … Continued

Our Year Adventure Begins: Three Flights to Bali

July 3, 2012 in Los Angeles at 6:31pm, July 4th, 2012 9:31am in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Our Year Adventure Begins: Three Flights to Bali, Indonesia from Los Angeles, California What a trip! Three flights from Los Angeles to Bali; with the help of modern chemistry we slept through most of the first 12 hour flight … Continued

Siem Reap, Cambodia – An Unexpected Evening at a Pagoda

What better way to immerse yourself in Southeast Asian culture than to attend a “chat and meditation” service with monks? I quickly cycled down the muddy dirt road, drenched by the monsoon storm passing through. I hopped off my bike and ran for cover into Karavansara Retreat – a large traditional wooden Khmer house with … Continued

Richard Bangs on Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland. It warms every hand that stretches, and it thaws the frozen seas within us. There is something eternal about the light of this land, a radiance that unshadows the future, like the pillars of a bridge supporting what we see into the delights of what we soon will. So praise this bridge that … Continued

London: Blooming Beautiful with Flowers and Fauna

Blooming Beautiful – the Flowers and Fauna of London By Hollie Gibson Last month, Chelsea burst into bloom with a host of the boldest, biggest and most mind-boggling displays of living art. Gardens designed by the brightest minds in horticulture sprung up near Kensington, brought to life with a little help from the sun, rain … Continued

Couples Travel Together: How do we do it?

Our year journey in South East Asia started July 2, 2012. When we were gone for eleven months in 2008, one of the common questions was, “How can you spend so much time together?” We were recently  interviewed about Traveling as a Couple by Travelinksites: Today we have the fine pair behind the super blog … Continued

Santa Monica pier at sunset

Living Jetset in Santa Monica – Family Style

  Santa Monica pier at sunset       Written by Mary Anne Been, Jetset Extra   School was out, summer was here, and my kids were itching to do something fun. A family-friendly weekend in Santa Monica is exactly what the doctor ordered.   Santa Monica is fun in the sun times 10. There … Continued

The Futuristic-Looking Chevy Volt

While driving around town in the futuristic-looking Chevy Volt, people rolled down their window to ask, “how do you like that car?” I really enjoyed driving this vehicle with its two gorgeous computer displays. I felt like I was on a cartoon episode of the Jetsons, with my fancy car with touch-screen, great music and navigational … Continued

Eat GMO Foods? Science vs. Nutrition

  Barbi Walker interviewed me for her article on Genetically Modified Organisms to see what I thought about the science in this debate. She and I talked about how other countries are involved in this debate and the impact of how American choices in farming and agriculture impact our economy worldwide. Get Educated But with … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel